One of the things I love about being in a team ministry at First Trinity is that it’s so much more fun to do ministry with others. There’s joy in serving at an event like Saturday of Service, Workcamp, or volunteering at the hospital. It’s productive, meaningful, and important work.
While doing these things on my own is all of those things, it’s usually more fun and exciting for me when I serve with others—especially people I like. The presence of others working alongside me seems right and good, and makes the task not only easier, but more refreshing.
When it comes to sharing Jesus with others, however, I’ve often felt on my own. I know I’m supposed to talk about Jesus with my friends, family, and people I encounter in daily life. But it also feels so solitary sometimes. The weight of the responsibility seems to be entirely on me. Maybe you have felt this way too. However, this could not be farther from the truth.
Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
God is working all around you all the time. As we think about serving others or sharing the good news of Jesus, it’s important to remember that God is already at work. Serving others starts with asking Jesus to show us where He is already working. He was there long before you showed up on the scene and will be there long after you have moved on.
When we realize Jesus is already at work, we have an opportunity to join with Him in His work. We aren’t laboring alone. The burden is not solely ours. He is right there with you. It’s not so much a command to “go” (even though He does tell us to go) so much as an invitation to “come” join Him where He is already working. And when you get to serve alongside Jesus, it’s actually quite enjoyable.